Winter weather as winter begins

December 21st, 2012 at 7:38 am by under Weather

Winter officially began at 6:12 am eastern and old made winter made an appearance with snow, strong winds and bitter wind chills.  We still have a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. for all of the Miami Valley.

The snow, strong winds and cold are all a result of the strong winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Iowa and Wisconsin.  The strong area of low pressure is producing gusty winds at times approaching 50 m.p.h.  Here are some of the wind gusts we’ve already seen.

The winds are doing two things to make matters worse.  First off they are blowing and drifting the snow that is falling across the area.  This is lowering visibility and making for a difficult drive.   Second the strong winds are making the bitterly cold temperatures feel worse on your exposed skim.  Be sure to dress for wind chill values in the teens.  The winds winds will stay sustained between 20 and 30 m.p.h. with gusts near 45 and 50 until late tonight and early tomorrow morning.

The snow showers continue through the evening but will begin to taper off by the end of the night.   Total snowfall accumulations will be about 1-2 inches with a few spots picking up three inches north of I-70.

An area of high pressure begins to build across the area on Saturday which means we’ll see some sunshine for much of the weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the winter weather :)
Tara
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